Inaki Aizpitarte: "Coquina et Naturali Vinorum"
The youngest of five children, Iñaki Aizpitarte was born in Besançon from Spanish relatives fleeing from the Franco dictatorship in Spain. After school, he held a string of odd jobs: stonemason, landscape painter and finally oenology student. In 1999, he flew to Tel Aviv and worked as a dishwasher for a Serbian chef, where he learned the basics of cooking. Subsequently, he toured Latin America before arriving in Paris.
Iñaki worked his way through the city’s kitchens, first at Café des Délices then la Famille in Montmartre and Transversal in the Mac/Val museum before opening le Chateaubriand in Belleville with his friend, Frédéric Peneau, in 2006.
It was an instant hit and was declared le Fooding’s Best Restaurant in its first year. Within two years, le Chateaubriand had won the San Pellegrino Breakthrough Prize. Today, Iñaki is one of the most influential chefs cooking and le Chateaubriand was voted 9th best restaurant in the world in the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best list in 2011.